The Best Bug Out Bags
So you've collected all your Emergency supplies but all you have is an old gym bag at the bottom of the closet to hold it all. Will it work? Maybe. Is there a better option? Definitely. We've put together a list of choices for you from the Best of the Best Bug Out Bag so you can make the right decision.
We've sorted it by size, largest to smallest. Lets check them out!
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The BEST BUG OUT BAGS - Our Top Picks
Typical Price: $200
Specs: Our favorite pack for most. Inexpensive, lots of storage space, well-built, low profile. Bottom zipper for quick access to sleeping bag. Check out our full review of the older model here. Adjustable internal frame fits nearly all body sizes. Fairly water resistant but could use a rain cover. 420d polyester. 17"(L) x 34"(H) x 14"(W). Sometimes you can grab the older model for cheap on eBay.
Typical Price: $115
Specs: We don't have this pack, but a few of our friends do and they love it. This is for those who need to carry a lot of stuff. Maybe too much stuff. Frame can be used independently of the pack for carrying game. Also allows a space for a rifle. Might be a little heavy for most. Materials used are not as resilient as we would like.
Typical Price: $429
Specs: This pack is a beast. The king of all Bug Out Bags. Modular system with a configurable load bay. 1000d high strength nylon construction. Compatible with several types of scabbards. This will hold everything you could possibly want it to hold, and do it like a boss. Expensive but worth it. 12"(L) x 23"(H) x 10"(W).
Typical Price: $168
Specs: One of the most popular packs for a Bug Out Bags - great price to performance ratio. Easy to use, easy to pack. Lots of MOLLE options to add stuff to the outside. Comfortable yolk-style harness. Reinforced webbing and stitching throughout. Water repellant. Hydration pouch. My favorite feature is the "shove-it" pocket to stash wet stuff or a helmet. 13.5"(L) x 23"(H) x 8.5"(W).
Typical Price: $125
Specs: A top pick for beginner Bag Builders. The Redwing 50 is a very popular and easy to find pack. Doesn't stand out in the crowd. Lots of external organizing options, and admin pockets. Can be top loaded or panel loaded. The bigger Kelty Coyote 80 gives you more space - see our comparison review here. This is typically the right sized pack for ladies.12"(L) x 26"(H) x 16"(W).
Typical Price: $99
Specs: A moderately priced backpack. It's very popular and a lot of people swear by them, although I have some concerns about the durability and I think that $100 is better spent towards a more substantial pack. But to each his own. The design is great though and is very functional and serves well for a 72-Hour kit. 13"(L) x 22"(H) x 8"(W).
Typical Price: $249
Specs: Take the weight off your back with a tactical 1000D Cordura rolling duffel. Ruggedized wheels and base. MOLLE along the outside allows you to expand and organize. External Size: 22.8"(L) x 14.2"(W) x 9.1"(D).
Typical Price: $200
Specs: 100% made in the U.S.A. Super tough 1000D Cordura nylon fabric. Extra large zippers. Heavy duty stitching. Built like a tank. Holds all the gear you could want and then some, and wont fall apart on you when you need it most. High viz interior. If you are going to pack more than 30lbs into it consider getting the T.H.E. Pack Frame. 12"(L) x 19"(H) x 13"(W). See our review of the older but still current model of T.H.E. Pack here.
Typical Price: $165
Specs: A modern take on an old classic. ALICE pack styled pack with high-end materials and reinforce stitching. Made in USA and guaranteed for life. Removable harness if you want to attach to a standard issue LC-II ALICE pack frame. Accessory gear loops on the bottom. 1000d nylon fabric makes it bomb-proof. 10"(L) x 17.5"(H) x 14"(W).
Typical Price: $200
Specs: This is a serious pack. Very modular, easy to keep organized. Bottom of pack can be detached as a day bag/fanny pack. Removable and/or adjustable internal frame. Reinforced stitching, zippers and waterproofing makes this a tough bag to break. This is my next Christmas present, right Santa? 10.5"(L) x 22"(H) x 9.75"(W).
Typical Price: $109
Specs: Backpacks can get heavy fast, especially when you are loading them up with emergency gear. And since most of us don't train with weight like that then having a backpack with wheels and a handle could be a lifesaver. Even if you are a tough-guy, having the option to not have to carry a pack around could be a relief. 21" (H) x 14" (L) x 10" (W).
Typical Price: $175
Specs: Bomb proof backpack, as are all 5.11 bags. This is a super functional BOB with lots of expansion and organizational options. Works with the Rush Tier Rifle Sleeve. High quality materials and construction yet still lightweight. MOLLE attachments - add an Ignitor for a quick grab first aid pouch. 11"(L) x 21"(H) x 9.5"(W).
Typical Price: $129
Specs: High quality low-key OPSEC sensitive pack. Padded laptop sleeve, hydration pocket, padded handle, CCW compatible. Comfortable padded straps for long-term wear. 500d nylon is durable and water resistant. We use it daily, see our comprehensive review here. 12.5"(L) x 19"(H) x 7.5"(W).
Typical Price: $26
Specs: The best bang for your buck. Tons of space, well designed, low-profile. A wide variety of colors available. It has all the functions some of the high-end packs have for a tenth of the price. Our first choice for beginner Bug Out Bag Builders. Definitely a contender for your kids bags. 13.5"(L) x 19"(H) x 8.5"(W).
Typical Price: $130
Specs: See our full review here. One of the most trusted names in outdoor gear. Exceptionally well designed bag and copied by many other manufacturers. It can compress down to a small day bag size, or inflate out with 3 different levels of capacity. 10"(L) x 19"(H) x 8.5"(W).